Our Favorite Books for LEGO Movie Fans

The LEGO® Movie is about to be released to DVD on June 17th, and my kids can hardly wait! If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for a LEGO® Movie fan in your life, you will definitely want to check out these newest releases from DK that bring the best of the movie to […]

Summer Smoothies — No Blender Required!

This Summer you can say “goodbye” to your blender when it comes to making delicious and healthy smoothies thanks to the new DOLE Nutrition Plus Fruit & Veggie Shakers POWER Smoothies! These are incredibly easy to prepare and can be found right in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. Special thanks to the […]

See Disneynature’s BEARS and Protect Our National Parks

We just returned from an amazing family trip to California to visit Disneyland as part of the Disney Social Media Moms celebration! I cannot wait to share with you some of the new and exciting things our friends at Disney have been working on: inspiring partnerships with charities, supporting research on the benefits that kids […]

Flower Crafts for Preschoolers

These flower crafts for preschoolers are sure to get the little ones excited for Spring to arrive! Many of these flower crafts use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun activities for Spring!! 1. Flower Prints from Soda Bottles Make flower prints from empty soda bottles to create unique […]

Easter Recipe for Kids: Bunny Pizza

Over the the holidays there is always time to be spent & memories to be made. Combining the holidays, food & family fun with books is always a winner and Easter recipes are a great tradition to begin. You can read books about decorating eggs, and  then teach children how to boil eggs, have fun […]

Ways to Play and Learn with Water Indoors

Water play has the power to keep kids entertained for long periods of time. It’s just good clean fun! Whether they are washing toys in the kitchen sink, splashing in the tub, or even learning about the properties of water with simple experiments, these water activities are sure to delight kids of all ages!  Ways […]

Books about Telling Time

Learning to tell time can be tricky for kids.  Luckily, there are several entertaining and useful picture books out there that introduce children to the concept of time telling and the function of clocks.  Here are ten great children’s books about telling time.     Tuesday In this incredibly drawn book, artist/author David Weisner explores […]

Toy Fair 2014!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2014 in New York City with Amy from Teach Mama and my friends from Melissa and Doug! We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to share some of the new and exciting toys Melissa and Doug are planning to release later this Fall! […]

Invitation to Learn: Valentine Patterning

Whether studying cultural traditions or origin, manipulating food, toys, or other festive trinkets, holidays are brimming with learning opportunities for children. In this post, I will share how to arrange a simple invitation to learn that uses festive Valentine M&Ms to learn about patterning. What is an Invitation to Learn? An invitation to learn is […]

Simple Inuit Crafts for Kids

Every winter, we love studying all things that deal with the cold.  One of our favorite topics is the Inuits – the Native Americans who live in the Arctic Circle in Canada and Alaska.   Here are some simple Inuit crafts to teach your kids about these Arctic Circle natives: Inuksuk An inuksuk is a stack […]

Playful Learning with Puzzles

Whether your child is just learning to master a wooden peg puzzle, or breezing through a 100 piece jigsaw, an incredible amount of learning is taking place! Putting together a puzzle is a learning activity in itself, but the following activities really up the education factor!  Spelling Puzzles via No Time for Flashcards  Simple Word […]

A Special Superhero Cape Making Brunch

I LOVE any excuse to get together with good friends and do some crafting, but crafting for a good cause is even better! When FamilyFun magazine asked me to host a few friends for an organization called Enchanted Makeovers, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do what I love while benefitting others. Enchanted […]

Learning in an Instant- Snowball Fight Math

Looking for a quick, easy, and FUN way to teach math this winter? Just add marshmallows! This snowball fight math activity is a playful way for kids to practice their math skills. And who doesn’t love a good snowball fight? Snowball Fight Math Items Needed: marshmallows magnetic numbers Directions: Use the magnetic numbers (or a […]

How to Make Shredded Chicken

Making shredded chicken is incredibly easy with a little help from a slow cooker. What I love about this method is how simple and versatile it is to have pre-cooked shredded chicken on hand for a multitude of recipes! It can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner and for busy families on the go, […]

My Year in Review Free Printable

It wasn’t until the other day that I realized how much my son’s interests had changed from the beginning of the year.  In these past twelve months, he’s grown from a 4 year old preschooler to a 5 year old little boy.  The past year went by like a blur, making me realize that I […]

Most Popular Learning Activities in 2013

As this year is coming to an end, I’d like to thank everyone for making this first full year of Inner Child Learning a great one! We have a great team of contributing writers that have really helped make learning fun. And we are thankful to have the support of a fantastic community of readers. […]

Bring Your Creations to Life with littleBits

When I first learned about littleBits, I immediately put their Base Kit on Emily’s wish list. You may have seen them featured on TED. For kids who are 8 years old and up and love to build things, littleBits kits allow kids to bring their creations to life using a variety of modules to build […]

Peppermint Mocha Teacher Gift

This holiday season, show appreciation and gratitude for your child’s teacher by giving her/him a mug full of delicious, sweet Peppermint Mocha Mix. Kids can help mix it, package it, and will experience the warmth and joy of giving. Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup instant coffee granules 1/2 cup cocoa powder 20 peppermint starlight […]